Rob Jabbaz is a Canadian Filmmaker known for writing and directing “The Sadness” (2021) Rob is a self-taught animator and has created several fully-animated short films, as well as music videos and commercials. Although, Rob was born and raised in Mississauga, Canada, The majority of his early work was produced in Taipei, Taiwan.
Q & A
If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?
Thats easy. Star Trek: The next generation… I don’t really feel i need to explain why to people who know the show… And for those who don’t… I dunno, watch it.
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
I guess Brundlefly... Cuz he gets carsick sometimes.
Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?
I think advanced AI is probably beyond the dichotomy of friend or foe… I probably wouldn’t support movies made by AI because they likely wouldn’t need my support.
In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?
I dunno… uh… The Ninja Turtles.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I think keeping a sketchbook is a pretty good idea. If you have a few around that you use, you can flip through it and probably come across the seed of a good idea. Also, this may sound stupid but i find that in emergency situations, smoking weed can help me power through moments of writers block… But this is a last resort.
Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community? Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?
I’m definitely not in any sort of sci fi community. I find it hard to relate to people occasionally because they aren’t interested in talking about Swamp Thing comics for hours.
Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person? What kind of balance do strike between the two? Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?
I’m very disorganized… I guess that’s a pretty analog quality… but i love computers… i don’t understand the question i guess.
When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I usually just try to remember that everything is about sex. Except sex itself… which is about power. I forget who said that… Probably some old perv.
Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Trek. Dick. Both. Both. Both.